hot·​dog | \ ˈhät-ˌdȯg How to pronounce hotdog (audio) \
hotdogged; hotdogging; hotdogs

Definition of hotdog

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to perform in a conspicuous or often ostentatious manner especially : to perform fancy stunts and maneuvers (as while surfing or skiing)

hot dog

\ ˈhät-ˌdȯg How to pronounce hot dog (audio) \

Definition of hot dog (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : frankfurter especially : a frankfurter with a typically mild flavor that is heated and usually served in a long split roll
2 [ perhaps from 2hot dog ] : one that hotdogs also : show-off

hot dog

\ ˈhät-ˈdȯg How to pronounce hot dog (audio) \

Definition of hot dog (Entry 3 of 3)

used to express approval or gratification

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hotdogger \ ˈhät-​ˌdȯ-​gər How to pronounce hotdogger (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for hotdog

Synonyms: Verb

act up, clown (around), cut up, fool around, horse around, monkey (around), show off, showboat, skylark

Synonyms: Interjection

glory (or glory be), ha (or hah), hallelujah, hey, hooray (also hurrah), huzzah, wahoo [chiefly West], whee, whoopee, yahoo, yippee

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Why Hotdog Is More Than a Food

The verb hotdog first appeared in the 1960s as slang for surfing with fast turns and quick movements. Surfers adopted it from the use of the noun hot dog for someone who is very good at something, which was popularized around the turn of the 19th century along with the interjection hot dog to express approval or gratification. In time, the noun became mainly associated with people who showed off their skills in sports, from basketball to skiing, and the verb form came to be used for the spectacular acts of these show-offs. (As a side tidbit to chew on, the word for the frankfurter that might be eaten while watching athletes perform is believed to have been first used by college students. That hot dog was current at Yale in 1895.)

Examples of hotdog in a Sentence


His opponents have accused him of hotdogging after he scores a touchdown. a skier who couldn't resist the urge to hotdog on the slopes whenever he wanted to impress a girl


The other players on the team don't like him because he's such a hot dog.


Hot dog!” the child cried, “We're going to the circus!”
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First Known Use of hotdog


1963, in the meaning defined above


1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hotdog


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English Language Learners Definition of hotdog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US, informal : to perform or play in a way that is meant to attract attention

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English Language Learners Definition of hot dog (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small cooked sausage that is mild in flavor and is usually served in a long roll (called a hot dog bun)
US, informal : a person (such as an athlete) who performs or plays in a way that is meant to attract attention : a person who hotdogs
US, old-fashioned + humorous used to express approval or pleasure

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\ ˈhät-ˌdȯg How to pronounce hot dog (audio) \

Kids Definition of hot dog

: a frankfurter cooked and then served in a long split roll

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